Self-reported cocaine use is not associated with elevations in high-sensitivity troponin I

Candice D. Jordan, Frederick Korley, Andrew Stolbach

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Objective: High-sensitivity troponin (hsTn) assays detect 10 times lower concentrations of cardiac troponin than conventional assays. We examined the effects of self-reported cocaine use to determine whether those with acute cocaine use being evaluated for ACS are more likely to have elevated hsTnI than those nonusers being evaluated for ACS. Methods: We conducted a sub-analysis of a prospective cohort of ED patients evaluated for acute coronary syndrome. Recent cocaine use was determined by structured patient interviews. High-sensitivity troponin (Abbott) and conventional troponin I (Abbott, cTnI) were measured on samples drawn at presentation. Urine toxicology screen for cocaine metabolite was obtained at the discretion of treating clinicians. Results: Of 1862 patients enrolled, 444 reported prior cocaine use and 99 reported cocaine use within the preceding month. Median hsTn in patients with last cocaine use within 24 h, 2–7 days, 1 week–1 month, >1 month, and no prior cocaine use were: 9 (IQR: 3–17) ng/L, 6 (IQR: 3–24.3) ng/L, 6 (IQR: 3–89.5) ng/L, 3 (IQR: 3–18.5) ng/L and 3 (IQR: 3–17) ng/L, respectively. Urine toxicology assays (UTox) for cocaine were performed in 640 (34.4%) patients. The median hsTn for those who were UTox+, UTox − and those without a UTox were: 9 ng/L (IQR: 3–48.5), 9 ng/L (IQR: 3–40) and 3 ng/L (IQR: 3–12), respectively. There were no differences in the prevalence of new troponin elevations (hsTn >99th percentile but cTnI <99th percentile) in those with recent cocaine use compared to those without recent cocaine use. Conclusions: In this first investigation of hsTn in patients with self-reported recent cocaine use, we have determined that hsTn does not lead to an increase in the prevalence of troponin elevation in cocaine users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Toxicology
StateAccepted/In press - Feb 8 2017


  • cocaine cardiotoxicty
  • cocaine MI
  • Cocaine toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology


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